The halfway point of newly-formed MAC Conference has come and gone and despite one shocker from the weekend’s scores, results have followed the form sheet.
Here is a look at the weekend ahead.
One of the last undefeated teams left, Dayton (2-0) plays at home against Central Michigan (2-2). The Flyers have made the most out of their current home stand with last weekend’s narrow 27-19 victory over the Ohio Bobcats.
Should the Flyers get the win, they will secure second place in the current standings as all other teams have lost at least one game. The only bad news is Dayton has no more weekends of rest and has yet to face power Bowling Green.
Currently second in the standings, Northern Illinois (2-1) will face in-state rival Cincinnati (0-2). The Huskies are coming off a narrow 28-19 win over Ball State and must face a fresh Bearcat squad in Cincinnati who are looking for their first win of the year.
The Huskies must win their game and hope Central Michigan can pull a miracle on the road to stay in contention for second place.
Western Michigan (2-2) plays the Ball State Cardinals (0-4) at home. The Mustangs are riding a two-game winning streak and feeling very confident in their offensive attack. They have outscored their opponents 115-17 with their most recent 46-10 victory over Miami (OH), marking the first time in MAC/Midwest history WMY has beaten the Red Hawks.
If WMU wins, it could keep them in the hunt for second with only four games left in the new season.
The last matchup figures to be a good one with Miami (OH) (1-2) facing rival Ohio (2-2) on the road for the second straight week. The Red Hawks have lost two in a row and want nothing more than to spoil the Bobcats last game before their bye week.
Ohio is coming home off a hard fought match to Dayton and need as much confidence as they can get for their bye before taking on Bowling Green on the road.
Finally, Bowling Green. This week marks the most terrifying one for MAC teams as the strongest is about to get stronger. Coming off a 73-20 victory over Central Michigan, and already in possession of the best record in the conference, the Falcons have their bye week and get to rest up for the rest of the season.